And whilst the club's coffers were bulging the result was more predicatable with the nine-time European Cup-winners thashing Bournemoutht 6-0.
But it wasn't just about money for the home side - it was about the occassion and a new temporary stand named after Bournemouth legend Ted MacDougall, increasing the ground's capacity to 12,000, to help accommodate thepacked crowd.
The Spanish side's goals came from Cristiano Ronaldo (two), Sami Khedira, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria and Casemiro.
Before the game, council leader John Beesley said that it was a "major achievement" for the club to attract such a high-profile clash.
"I think it really puts Bournemouth on the European map," he said.
It is not the only pre-season fixture to capture the imagination - Preston drew a 22,000 crowd for the visist of Liverpool to celebrtae the 100th anniversary of Bill Shankly's birth. Shankly spent most of his playing carrer at Preston and famously managed Liverpool to reatness in he 60s and 70s.